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Kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai

Posted on: August 4, 2013


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

“Be-qaraar Dil Tu Gaaye Jaa”

The sounds of restlessness coming from a restive heart. A voice that exists in a multitude of colors and flavors and moods. A voice that has entertained the listeners for the better part of four decades. A voice that has left an indelible stamp on the history of Hindi Cinema and Hindi Film Music. A voice that holds the trademark on the ultimate songs of fun that are completely and irrefutably non-replicable, priceless gems of yodeling, mimicry and voice modulation. A voice that became the alter-ego of many a successful careers, so much so that in the 70s and 80s, the lead male actors would not consider their careers and performances complete unless this voice was in the background. Even thespian Dilip Kumar, after having spent three decades in the industry, eventually performed on screen, with this voice behind him (‘Sagina’, 1974). A voice that was nominated 27 times for Filmfare awards for best male singer, in a span of just 16 years (1970 to 1986), winning it eight times in the process. A voice whose power of influence simply could not be matched, especially during the peak years in the 1970s and 80s.

Remembering Kishore Da on his 84th birth anniversary today – 4th August,2013.

Considered to be the clown prince of fun songs, his songs of “Tikdambaazi” (‘Adhikaar’, 1954), Din hai suhaana aaj pehli taareekh hai (‘Pehli Taarikh’, 1954), Dene waala jab bhi deta (‘Funtoosh’, 1956), Eena Meena Deeka (‘Aasha’,1957), Hum thhey wo thhi(‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, 1958), “Boom Boomaa Boom” (‘Girl Friend’, 1960),Zaroorat hai(‘Manmauji’, 1962), Aa ke seedhi lagi (‘Half Ticket’, 1962), Suno jaana suno jaana(‘Hum Sab Ustad Hain’,1965), Ek Chatur naar (‘Padosan’,1968) – and a plethora of other such gems, are considered to be matchless renderings of a singing apparatus with a fantastic control.

But once, when asked by a journalist, what were his own 10 favorite songs sung by himself, the list he gave is a surprise antithesis to this image of “Tikdambaazi’. The ten songs that he listed himself are all renderings of poignant sadness – Dukhi man mere (‘Funtoosh’, 1956), Meri chaandni bichhad gayi (‘Rimjhim’, 1949), Husn bhi hai udaas udaas(‘Fareb’, 1953), Chingaari koi bhadke (‘Amar Prem’, 1971), Mere naina saawan bhaadon)(‘Mehbooba’, 1976),Koi hamdam na raha(‘Jhumroo’, 1961), Mere mehboob qayaamat hogi(‘Mr X In Bombay’, 1964),Koi hota jisko apna (‘Mere Apne’, 1971), Wo shaam kuchh ajeeb thhi (‘Khamoshi’, 1969), and Badi sooni sooni hai (‘Mili’, 1975). A choice listing that speaks about the man behind the mimicry, and the heart inside the jumping jackflash. It is not a wonder thus, that when he came to serious film making, his best remembered films are ‘Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein’ (1964) and ‘Door Ka Raahi’ (1971) –his signature creations that reveal the poignant soul behind the energetic revelry.

Today, we are also celebrating a significant milestone with regards to Kishore Da. This post showcases the 700th song by him on this blog. The song that I have chosen for today’s celebration is from ‘Joru Ka Bhai’(1955), one of his earlier films. Although he had made his debut with the film ‘Ziddi’ (1948), singing Marne ki duaayen kyun maangoon for Dev Anand, his progress in terms of his career was low key during his first decade in the industry. Although this film, coming in the eighth year of his career, was probably the 50th film he sang for, and this song, going by the sequencing in the Geet Kosh, is probably his 100th song in Hindi films. And yet, he was nowhere close to being considered a mainstream singer. Far from it, he would either be singing for himself, or he would sing mostly one or two songs for other actors. It was an occasional situation that he sang multiple songs in films. One interesting trivia –Kishore Da sang 4 songs for Raj Kapoor in the film ‘Pyaar’ (1950).

The interesting and the surprising thing about this song is the music director. The song is composed by Jaidev whose birth anniversary we celebrated yesterday. A very unlikely composer to work with Kishore for a song that is a typical Kishore fun song. Jaidev and Kishore Da have worked together in only three films. One is this film from 1955, and then two decades hence, they came together for the films ‘Maan Jaaiye’ (1972) and ‘Ek Hans Ka Jodaa’ (1975). Reviewing the songs they did together in these films, this song stands out as the only typical Kishore Da fun song, the other songs being either romantic type or poignant type.

The lyrics are by Vishwamitra Adil. The film is produced and directed by Chetan Anand, under the banner of Mahashakti Films, Bombay. The star cast includes Balraj Sahni, Sheela Ramani, Johny Walker, Rasheed Khan, Praveen Pal, Kumkum, Radhika, Vijay Anand. Now, a bit of speculation about the on screen performance of this song. Looking at the star cast, it can be easily surmised that Balraj Sahni is the hero of the film, and most likely he has not sung this song on screen, simply not his persona. There is another song by Talat Sb,Teri zulfon se pyaar kaun kare, which is more likely a song that Balraj Sahni would perform on screen.

Other possibility can be Vijay Anand. Once again, given the persona, it is possible, but less likely. Somehow, my speculation singles out Johnny Walker, who appears to be a more likely candidate to have performed this type of a song on screen. And if that be the case, then this would be anunique song in Hindi films – Kishore Da singing for Johnny Walker. So far, just a speculation by me, and I would request other knowledgeable readers who may have seen this film, to please comment on the picturization of this song.

And so, celebrating the birth anniversary of this great multi talented artist, with a song that is a signature genre for him. And composed by Jaidev, this surely becomes a keepsake and a unique combination. And if it is Johnny Walker on screen, then तो सोने पे सुहागा. Enjoy the memories of Kishore Da.


Song-kaali kaali taaron waali raat (Joru Ka Bhai)(1955) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Vishwamitra Adil, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai aa jaa
kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai aa jaa
raat jawaan hai
tu meri jaan hai
bol kahaan hai
oormeelaa
kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai aa jaa

jaan
jaan
jaan le
jaan
jaan
jaan le
jiyaa hai bhaari
maan
maan
maan le
baat hamaari
nain kataari
tu ne hai maari
nain kataari
tu ne hai maari
thaam le pyaari
pyaari
pyaari pyaari
oormeelaa

kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai aa jaa
raat jawaan hai
tu meri jaan hai
bol kahaan hai
urmeelaa
kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai aa jaa

ghoom
ghoom
ghoom ke
ghoom
ghoom
ghoom ke
rut aaye jaaye
jhoom
jhoom
jhoom ke
dhoom machaaye
tujhko bulaaye
mujhko bulaaye
tujhko bulaaye
mujhko bulaaye
hosh udaaye
haaye
haaye haaye
oormeelaa

kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai aa jaa
raat jawaan hai
tu meri jaan hai
bol kahaan hai
urmeelaa
urmeelaa
urmeelaa
urmeelaa
urmeelaa
urmeelaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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काली काली तारों वाली रात जवां है आ जा
काली काली तारों वाली रात जवां है आ जा
रात जवां है
तू मेरी जान है
बोल कहाँ है
ऊरमीला
काली काली तारों वाली रात जवां है आ जा

जान
जान
जान ले
जान
जान
जान ले
जिया है भारी
मान
मान
मान ले
बात हमारी
नैन कटारी
तूने है मारी
नैन कटारी
तूने है मारी
थाम ले प्यारी
प्यारी
प्यारी प्यारी
ऊरमीला
काली काली तारों वाली रात जवां है आ जा
रात जवां है
तू मेरी जान है
बोल कहाँ है
उरमीला
काली काली तारों वाली रात जवां है आ जा

घूम
घूम
घूम के
घूम
घूम
घूम के
रूत आए जाये
झूम
झूम
झूम के
धूम मचाये
तुझको बुलाये
मुझको बुलाये
तुझको बुलाये
मुझको बुलाये
होश उड़ाए
हाय
हाय हाय
ऊरमीला
काली काली तारों वाली रात जवां है आ जा
रात जवां है
तू मेरी जान है
बोल कहाँ है
उरमीला
उरमीला
उरमीला
उरमीला
उरमीला
उरमीला

8 Responses to "Kaali kaali taaron waali raat jawaan hai"

Sudhirji,
3 special posts on Mukesh, Rafi and Kishore in less than a fortnight.
What more can music lovers ask for.?
Many Thanks.

Mukesh 22nd (2+2=4)
Rafi 31st (3+1=4)
Kishore 4th (0+4=4)…. Numerology anyone ?

One interesting point. Naushad never got any songs sung by Kishoreda. They did work together in one film, which never saw the light of the day. It will be interesting to dig out; if there exists any records from that unreleased movie.

HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY TO ALL.

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Sudhirji, I used to sing these song as a kid, but I remember there was yodelling in it. Yes I am sure there was and I had learnt the technic after very hard practice. Kindly throw more light.

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Kirit Bhai,

I tried two other copies of this song that are in my collection. I could not find any yodeling sound in any of them. So I do not know how to explain this. It may be possible that the yodelling sound is either before or after the song, and the versions available now are edited.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Let me correct myself.

KK did sing a duet “Hello Hello Kya Haal Hain.” with Asha in Sunehra Sansar (1975) composed by Naushad. However the song was deleted from the film. So there is no film song of KK for Naushad. I was wrong in saying that the movie was not released.
We can however have this song as a NFS in the blog.

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Mahesh ji,

The song that you mention, the duet from film ‘Sunehra Sansaar’ – the write up for the same is already with Atul ji since last night. As I saw your first comment yesterday evening, I immediately recalled the song you were referring to. The audio is available on YT, and I right away prepared the write up and sent it to Atul ji. It should be appearing here soon.

I was not aware that the song was pulled from the film. There are other scenes from the film that are available online. These include clips of the late night phone conversations between Romesh Sharma and Preeti Sapru, with comical sidelights, as their respective fathers, Om Prakash and Mukri, catch them during the calls.

I could not locate the video clip of this song, and that maybe as you say, the song could have been pulled. But as I checked with Geet Kosh, I find no annotation to suggest that this song is deleted from the film. It is very much present on the EP record of this film, so it need not be presented as an NFS.

And yes, thanks for your appreciative comments for the write ups. Such encouraging words keep me going. 🙂

Very interesting observation about the numerology connect between the singers.

Best regards
Sudhir

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Sudhirji,
Sorry for dragging this issue. I happened to watch the first few minutes of this movie on YouTube. At 3:41 minutes, the playback singers list is displayed. There is niether Kishore nor Asha in it. It has only Lata ,Rafi Mahendra Kapoor, Mukesh and Sushma Sarista. I will leave it to you to decide on the Kishore-Asha duet.

Incidently, this is the first and probably last film of Naushad and Anand Bakshi.

Another observation; way back in 1949, it was Mukesh who introduced Lata to Naushad for the iconic Andaz.

From 1949-1975, there is no duet of Lata and Mukesh for Naushad.
This film has one. And, probably its the only.

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Many many thanks for this posting and the comments that follow. How much am I learning from this blog!!

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